Top 4 Sustainable Grooming Swaps

These aren’t in any particular order, they’re all fabulous, vegan, low waste options!

  1. Bambaw safety razor – Firstly, I have a confession… This is not my first safety razor. After being incredibly excited that I’d found my steel razor for life my clumsy arse dropped it in the shower and it shattered. It was a cheap and poor quality razor. This razor feels a lot heavier and sturdier, it’s also from a lovely plastic free company so I’m not too upset now I’ve found a good alternative. I personally found the transition from standard plastic razors to safety razors painless (aside from a couple of nicks on my first go!) so I definitely recommend investing in one. This one was only £16 on Amazon.
  2. Environmental Bamboo Toothbrush – This particular brand is Australian which isn’t very local as I live in England but it is available in a local health shop for under £3 and they last for ages. Not much to say on this, simple swap for less plastic. The bamboo is considered one of the most sustainable materials in the world. It’s vegan friendly and doesn’t threaten the food source of the great panda as the bamboo is so abundant.
  3. Amish Farm Bar Soap – So this product isn’t from the UK either and it comes with a plastic window in the packaging but it’s the best bar shampoo I have found to date. My boyfriend introduced me to these after I lectured him on plastic soap bottles  (it’s fine he’s aiming to work in the sustainability field, we lecture each other!). I’ve used multiple Lush shampoo bars with varying level of success, I love their Honey shampoo bar but my second one broke up on me and another one did the same. These are available on Amazon, only £12 for a pack of three! I usually only use this soap on my hair although it’s great on my skin (including face) too, I can buy normal bar soap locally and package free so it’s just about making the imported ones last longer. These are great if you’re travelling though, one bar for everything! This is definitely my favourite swap.
  4. Eden Perfume – What a brand! I love this brand! Eden perfumes are all cruelty free and vegan. They create perfumes similar to popular designer ones and are very affordable. They also give you a discount if you ring in your empty bottle t be refilled, what’s not to like!? These guys are honestly my favourite sustainable brand to date.

What’s your favourite swap? Any recommendations?

Thank you for reading!

The Beginning: The Five Vows

I know that the things I do and consume can have a damaging effect on the environment, but I’ve always just assumed that the fact I don’t use plastic cutlery or carrier bags kind of excused that. Although these things help it certainly does not excuse my other unsustainable habits, especially as someone who wants to pursue a career in conservation and sustainability.

I’ve always use reusable shopping bags and avoided showers but I wanted to make some new goals.

When I first started taking sustainable living more seriously I broke it down into five goals (but vows sound more dramatic for my title!). These goals were the first things I felt I wanted to change. It’s been over a year since I first wrote these goals down and some I’ve mastered and others I’m still working on.

My five vows:

  1. I will buy only cruelty free products – that are also more sustainable and natural hopefully.
  2. I will reduce my meat and dairy intake, or cut it out completely – I’m currently pescatarian and mostly dairy free.
  3. I will buy secondhand, this is referring mostly to clothes as I’d just started to realise just how damaging fast fashion is. But as an avid reader I also adopt this with books.
  4. Reduce plastic use – avoid heavily packaged products, referring to mostly food items.
  5. Shop locally – reduce food miles.

A year later and I’ve been sticking to these fairly well although the last two food ones are definitely proving the most challenging at the moment. When I’m in my uni town I know there’s a fruit and veg seller where I can buy cheap unpackaged fresh veggies if I go at the right time of day but I don’t think they’re local or organic but the supermarkets have lots of plastic?? I think my best bet is to use a combination of the two but any recommendations would be welcome!

I’m going to do separate posts on some of the other goals that have been more successful.

What goals do you use to be more sustainable? Anything else I should add to my list?

Green Origins

For as long as I can remember I’ve always been fascinated by nature probably because I grew up in a rural town in The South Downs National Park, Southern England. My childhood involved pond dipping, rock pooling and collecting pretty leaves in autumn. I was a so-called “Eco Warrior” at primary school due to being on the Green Team for my final two years when they introduced it to the school, this little team was a group of students from every year group and staff. We made big decisions like designing an outdoor classroom and how we could improve our school garden but we mostly just collected the recycling and compost.

In secondary school and later on at college I pursued natural sciences, choosing Biology, Geography and Spanish at A-level before starting university to study Biology. I’m now about to enter my final year of study and I have no idea what I want to do, for a while I dabbled in lab work and genetics which I still find amazing but eventually I gravitated back to conservation and the ecology-based modules where my heart belongs!

I’ve also discovered a passion for informing and sharing my knowledge with people which is where this blog comes in, this blog is going to be about I’m adjusting my life to match my values both to be more ethical and sustainable. Join me on my journey to become more sustainable on a low student budget.

Thank you for reading!